Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation located in Rockville, MD & Damascus, MD

Carpal tunnel syndrome — a painful condition that affects your wrist, hand, and fingers — doesn’t usually go away on its own. The exceptional team of orthopaedic surgeons at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation in Rockville and Damascus, Maryland, provide on-site physical therapy and rehabilitation to help relieve the painful symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. If you suffer from hand and wrist pain, call or request an appointment online to get the expert medical attention you need.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Q & A

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that involves the entrapment of your median nerve, which extends from your upper arm through your wrist. When your median nerve becomes squeezed or compressed, you typically experience pain, tingling, and numbness in your hand and arm.

Physicians once thought that overusing your hand and wrist in repetitive motions, like typing or playing the piano, led to carpal tunnel syndrome, but today orthopaedic surgeons understand that while repetitive motion or injury may aggravate the symptoms, carpal tunnel syndrome is most likely the result of genetics and a narrow carpal tunnel.

The carpal tunnel is the passageway through which the median nerve runs. Sometimes, irritated tendons or swelling can cause the nerve to become compressed through the tunnel.

What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Pain and tingling in your hand and arm
  • Shock-like pain that periodically travels through your arm or hand
  • Weakness or difficulty using your hand and fingers
  • Clumsiness holding objects
  • Difficulty sensing hot or cold temperatures
  • Burning pain in your thumb, index, and middle fingers

Carpal tunnel syndrome doesn’t usually go away on its own and typically gets worse without proper treatment.

How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treated?

If you have a mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome, you may get relief wearing a splint or brace for support. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen can also help relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

Additionally, you may need to take a break from repetitive motions or activities that make your carpal tunnel symptoms worse, such as painting, or a leisure activity that involves using your wrist, such as a tennis. For some people, physical therapies and stretching exercises may also provide relief.

When nonsurgical methods don’t help, your doctor may recommend carpal tunnel release surgery to relieve the pressure on your median nerve. Your surgeon may take a traditional approach and perform open hand surgery, or a minimally invasive endoscopic approach to release the pressure inside your wrist.

Endoscopic surgery only requires one or two small incisions in your wrist and hand so your doctor can insert a miniature camera and a special surgical tool that opens the carpal tunnel. Typically, recovery from endoscopic surgery is quicker than with open surgery.

With an on-site physical therapy facility, your dedicated team of doctors and therapists at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation create an individualized treatment plan designed around your symptoms and lifestyle.

To learn more about your options for treating carpal tunnel syndrome, call or request an appointment online.